In a perfect world, KanRocksas music fest would have ads running every which way but loose all over radio station The Buzz...
After all, The Buzz is the one local station that caters to most of the artists booked for the two-day festival August 5th and 6th at Kansas Speedway. However, Buzz owner Entercom has refused to allow KanRocksas to buy ads for the event on its airwaves.
Because two weeks later, the station is selling tickets to its own single day Beach Ball competing event at nearby LiveStrong Park. The thinking being if listeners go to KanRocksas, they might not cough up the cash for Beach Ball.
That’s the bad news. Now the good. Things are going good for KanRocksas
"I think we’re going to be successful because everybody knows about it," says promoter Chris Fritz. "We’ve got billboards up and everything (else) that you can imagine we’re doing."
Not that the local rumor mill has been doing KanRocksas any favors.
The talk being that KanRocksas has only sold 8,000 to 10,000 tickets to date. That’s not the case, Fritz says.
"We have 13,000 tickets sold and we’ve set the capacity at 50,000 tickets," he adds. "So counting promotional and trade tickets, we only have about 24,000 to 28,000 more tickets left to sell. And you know, for a first-year festival, people are still getting their heads around it."
Aside from having a far larger entertainment bill than Beach Ball, KanRocksas has a few tricks up its sleeve.
"Nobody’s ever seen a production this big around here before," Fritz says. "The main stage is like 200 feet wide – it’s a monster. I mean, this is a festival, it’s truly a festival. And we have a lot of surprises; we’re bringing lots of things in. We’re not trying to compete with (Beach Ball) at all -I look at it as two separate things.
"Kansas City’s never had an event like this festival. I’ve been doing this for years and it never has. People who like bands like the Flaming Lips, Primus, Grace Potter, Eminem, Muse and OK GO – they’re going to see a helluva show. It comes out to about six bucks an act. I mean, where can you see Muse for six bucks? If you went to see these as individual acts it’d cost you about $1,200. Oh yeah, and it’d take you more than 30 days."
Additional acts include, Ween, Flogging Molly, Cage the Elephant, Arctic Monkeys and Girl Talk.